WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
TUESDAY, JUNE 29: QUENCHING SUMMER THIRST
Profile America -- Tuesday, June 29th. In the past, hot summer days meant that some enterprising youngsters in the neighborhood would setup a lemonade stand at five cents a glass, or the family would share a pitcher of iced tea on the front porch to cool off. Today, the drink of choice is a soft drink, usually carbonated. And while the summer heat does call for more to drink, Americans have a powerful thirst all year long. As a result, we each drink about 49 gallons of soft drinks annually -- up 15 gallons in 20 years. The increasing popularity of bottled water has lead to an even greater increase. In 1980, we each drank about 2-1/2 gallons of bottled water. Now that figure is over 29 gallons a year. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 210
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau